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Ex Thai Premier Rejects Charges that He is Pulling the Strings

Ex Thai Prime Minister brought down by a military coup is denying charges that he is orchestrating his sister Yingluck's government.
By Aryeh ben Hayim
First Publish: 8/23/2011, 5:58 PM

Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was living in self-imposed exile in Dubai claims that his sister Yingluck Shinawatra was not his puppet and while he sometimes provides advice "she has her own right and leadership to run the country without my interference."

Supporters of the opposition Democratic Party do not believe this and are alarmed  by Thaksin's Asian trip that is taking him to Japan and perhaps bordering Cambodia. The Democratic Party has moved to impeach the foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul for intervening with the Japanese government and requesting a special entry visa for Thaksin something that the Japanese government does not grant the people who are officially fugitives from justice

Thaksin pleaded with the opposition "Don't try to implicate Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra," he said in reference to the allegation that Surapong had Yingluck's backing to request a special entry for her brother Thaksin. He advised the Democrats to focus on monitoring the government's performance rather than with his movement.

The Thai Defense Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa denied that Thaksin had interfered in the annual military reshuffle. It was the army who ousted Thaksin in 2008.